Why Meghan and Harry's kids will have a different surname to Kate and Wills'

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer


They may not even have kids on their minds yet, but if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were to one day welcome children into their lives, they might have a completely different surname to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s adorable tots.

The royal lovebirds have both made it clear that they are ready to have kids in the future, with Prince Harry previously telling The Telegraph he ‘loved kids’ and Meghan Markle reportedly wanting a honeymoon baby.

And despite being completely recognisable by their first names alone, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might give their kids a different surname to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The newlyweds may in fact call their children by the surname Sussex, instead of Cambridge, like Will and Kate’s kids.

They may not even have kids on their minds yet, but if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were to one day welcome children into their lives, they might have a completely different surname to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s adorable tots. Photo: Getty Images

Last year, it was announced that Prince George would be known officially as George Cambridge when he started school at Thomas’ Battersea in London – a name which stems from his father being the Duke of Cambridge.

It mirrored the announcement made years ago when Prince William and Prince Harry started school and revealed they would be known as William Wales and Harry Wales – due to their father, Prince Charles, being known as the Prince of Wales.

The royal brothers kept that surname as they moved into adulthood, with Prince William using the name William Wales during his career as an air ambulance pilot and Prince Harry going by Harry Wales when he served in the army.

Likewise, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are reported to go by the names Eugenie York and Beatrice York from time-to-time.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex might give their kids a different surname to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Photo: Getty Images

Therefore, if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children so wished, they could go by the surname Sussex.

The royal family surname has been a hot topic for years.

They didn’t even have a last surname until 1917 when King George V decided that they would go by the name Windsor.

However, technically, anyone who has a Royal Highness title doesn’t need a surname at all, but most members of the royal family tend to use the name Mountbatten-Windsor, which is a mix of the Queen and Prince Philip’s surnames.

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